Romney and Santorum are coming out of Michigan bruised—and detached from reality in the eyes of most voters.
No bruised feelings involved, no accusation of an -ism, and no conceivable way of salvaging the “brand.”
Her trembling hands clenched together, she looks at Joe with her kind, bruised face, and says, “Will you hold me, please?”
Old English brysan "to crush, bruise, pound," from Proto-Germanic *brusjanan, from PIE root *bhreus- "to smash, crush" (cf. Old Irish bronnaim "I wrong, I hurt;" Breton brezel "war," Vulgar Latin brisare "to break"). Merged by 17c. with Anglo-French bruiser "to break, smash," from Old French bruisier "to break, shatter," perhaps from Gaulish *brus-, from the same PIE root. Related: Bruised; bruising.
1540s, from bruise (v.).
An injury to underlying tissues or bone in which the skin is unbroken, often characterized by ruptured blood vessels and discolorations; a contusion.